LIVING the Dementia Journey

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

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LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

The LDJ program:

  • Increases understanding of dementia and provides a new perspective on the experience of living with it
  • Applies a person-centred approach to provide individualized support
  • Enhances skills in relationship-building to support individuals with compassion and respect
  • Shares strategies to recognize, interpret, and respond to personal expressions (behaviours)
  • Addresses ways to tackle boredom, loneliness, and helplessness by creating opportunities for meaning, purpose and growth

LDJ was created in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners. It provides a fresh perspective on dementia care and support based on real life experiences.

The program emphasizes the importance of shifting care and services to focus on a person’s strengths and abilities, and how each person can be supported in living life to the fullest.

The program is offered as a 1-day Overview Workshop or a 2-day Train the Trainer Facilitator Workshop. The program includes presentations, individual reflections, small and large group discussions, and experiential learning to meet the needs of adult learners.

For LDJ Facilitators

Contact the LDJ team at ldj@the-ria.ca to place your LDJ learner workbook orders.

Date created: 2017

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LIVING the Dementia Journey was created in in partnership with the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), Schlegel Villages and the RIA.

This guide was created to support team members in assessing senior living environments and discussing opportunities to create a sense of comfort and belonging for people living with dementia, particularly those who repeatedly attempt to exit. This guide can be used in all living environments, whether people living with dementia are living separately or alongside people without dementia.

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I'm Still Here is a powerful research-based play that captures important aspects of, and deepens understanding about, the dementia journey from the perspective of persons living with dementia and their family partners in care. A DVD copy of the performance and an accompanying Learning Guide are available to order.

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A Changing Melody is not like other conferences, it's a forum designed by and for persons with early-stage dementia and their family partners in care. The toolkit helps individuals, groups, and/or organizations plan and implement their own forums. DVDs are available featuring powerful presentations from past forums.

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The By Us For Us© Guides (BUFU guides) are a series of guides created by a group of talented and passionate persons with dementia and/or partners in care. The guides are designed to equip persons with dementia with the necessary tools to enhance their well-being and manage daily challenges.

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These summary sheets share some of the key findings and recommendations from a research study called Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3). The study explored what residents living in long-term care eat and drink, and what factors promote better nutrition.

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Tips for Better Pureed Foods is a resource about improving texture-modified foods for older adults with swallowing difficulties. It provides recipes and guidelines for preparing pureed foods.

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This resource provides a selection of recipes that feature Ontario-grown foods and cater to the needs and preferences of older adults living in the community. Organized by dish (beverages, breakfast, snacks, salads, soups/stews, sides, mains, and desserts), there are over 50 recipes to choose from!

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Nutri-eSCREEN is a simple, online tool that assesses older adults’ appetite, eating habits, and changes in weight. This 14-question survey can help older adults find out what they are doing well when it comes to healthy eating and get tips on how they can improve eating habits.

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The Memory Clinic is a multidisciplinary approach for early diagnosis, treatment and support of changes associated with memory loss.

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The Mealtime Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) is a short, 14-question tool to help understand the overall satisfaction of older adults living in retirement and/or long-term care with meals and the mealtime experience.

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The Functional Foods for Healthy Aging Toolkit is a collection of resources on functional foods for older adults. It supports Registered Dietitians and other health professionals in communicating with older adults about the role of functional foods in healthy aging.

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CHOICE+ is an innovative program that aims to improve the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care by focusing on relationship-centred practices and enhancing the dining environment. These six online education modules help teams in long-term care improve the mealtime experience.

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The latest episode of the Dementia Dialogue Podcast featured RIA’s Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), Brenda Hounman, a dementia advocate, person living with dementia and By Us For Us Guide founder, and Sherry Dupuis, RIA research scientist.

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